Snow continues to fall in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region
Snow continues to fall over the greater National Capital Region as two to five centimeters of snow is expected on the ground during the day on Tuesday.
“There is still snow accumulation in the region, but it is intermittent precipitation for the day,” said meteorologist Simon Legault of Environment Canada. We already had between a dozen and fifteen centimeters on the ground this morning and we could accumulate up to five more today. “
However, Mr. Legault stresses that the precipitation should “run out in the evening”, while several people will travel to friends or family members to celebrate the New Year.
“The wind will no longer be present and the snow will be fairly light. The stake will be more in terms of excavation and the road, “he said.
In fact, the City of Ottawa intends to lift the ban on parking on the street “during the evening or the afternoon”.
“As soon as the ban on parking on the street at night in winter is lifted, the City will notify residents,” it says. If possible, at all times of the day, avoid parking your vehicle on the street so that snow plows can clear snow from the streets as efficiently as possible. ”
In Gatineau, the winter parking by-law came into effect at midnight last night.
Even if this accumulation of snow has bothered motorists since Monday evening, it will still have allowed tube sliding at the Sommet Edelweiss and Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien to reopen on Tuesday. The region’s ski resorts have also all been opened, as has the Skyline side at Camp Fortune, which had to be closed the previous day due to the ice.
Temperatures approaching zero degrees Celsius, however, will not have made anyone happy with skating enthusiasts in the region, while the majority of the outdoor skating rinks in the City of Gatineau are closed. On the other side of the river, three of the four outdoor skating rinks maintained by the City of Ottawa are open: the Senators Dream Rink, the Lansdowne Park Skating Rink and the Jim Tubman Chevrolet Senators Skating Rink. Only the Place-Ben-Franklin skating rink was closed.
“Volunteers usually start making basic ice around December 15, however, due to insufficient snow accumulation and mild temperatures this year, most of the outdoor rinks remain closed,” said Sue Chiumera, of the Recreation, Culture and Facilities Branch of Ottawa. Sunday evening, before the freezing rain arrived, about 40 rinks had a base layer of ice. These ice surfaces are currently closed so that we can limit the damage caused by adverse weather conditions. ”
In addition, three flights had to be canceled at the Ottawa airport and a dozen were delayed due to weather conditions.